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This paper summarizes information on the importance of the objectives of agriculture andagricultural policies based on previous studies. We focus on studies that examine stakeholderpreferences and provide relative weights for the economic, social and environmentaldimensions of sustainability. Descriptive and meta-analysis are used to evaluate the 34identified studies. The findings show the equal importance of the economic, social andenvironmental objectives of agriculture, but also that the general public emphasizes socialvalues, while economic considerations are highlighted in nation-wide studies. Of theenvironmental objectives, those pertaining to sustainable resource management have receivedmost weight.

Keywords: agriculture ; multifunctionality ; objectives ; sustainability ; weighting

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Political Economy

Issue Date: 2014-08

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

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Total Pages: 13

Record appears in: European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) > 2014 International Congress, August 26-29, 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Autor: Ahtiainen, Heini ; Pouta, Eija ; Liski, Eero ; Assmuth, Aino ; Myyrä, Sami


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